Massachusetts State Consultant Limitation Initiative, Question 2 (1990)
Administration of Government
|Not on ballot|
The initiative sought to limit the state's use of consultants.
|Question 2 (State Consultant Limitation)|
Official results via: The Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
Text of measure
The summary of the proposal on the ballot was:
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
The proposed law would place restrictions on the State's use of consultants. It would place various limits on the amount of profit, overhead charges and expenses that the State could pay consultants. It would limit the duration of consultant contracts to two years and any extension to one year, and it would limit the degree to which such contracts could be changed to require payments in excess of the original contract. The proposed law would limit to $100,000 the amount the State could pay on a consultant contract with an individual and would require all other consultant contracts in excess of $25,000 to be sought through competitive bidding. It would prohibit consultants form supervising State employees, and it would limit the use of consultants as substitutes for State employee positions.
In addition, the proposed law would place limits on the total amount of money State agencies, departments and Authorities could spend on consultants each year. Subsidiary provisions would also establish a method for these entities to gradually come into compliance with the new spending limits and would give authority to the State Secretary of Administration and Finance, on request, to permit some spending in excess of the new limits. The proposed law would also require State agencies, departments and Authorities as well as the Secretary of Administration and Finance to submit yearly reports concerning the State's consultant contracts to certain legislative committees and to the Inspector General.
Finally, the proposed law provides that any of its provisions, if found by a court to be unconstitutional or otherwise unlawful, would be severed from the law and the remaining provisions would continue in effect.
- Massachusetts 1990 ballot measures results
- National Conference of State Legislatures
- I&R Institute ballot measure database for Massachusetts